tv Oral Histories George Colburn Interview on Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper CSPAN April 13, 2019 2:00pm-2:06pm EDT
government see you can make up your own mind. >> during world war ii, the u.s. navajocorps recorded indians to create a code race on their unwritten language. in a few minutes, and a series of interviews we hear from navajo code talker teddy draper for talks but his early life and world war ii service. conducted between 2004 and 2006, at mr.erviews to lace draper's home in arizona. and in guam, where he served during the war. first we hear from filmmaker and historian george colburn who conducted the interviews for his documentary "navajo code talkers: journey of remembrance." george colburn, thanks for joining us. in just a moment we will show our audience another segment
from your film, "navajo code talkers: journey of remembrance." explain the process. this became a series of interviews here in the u.s. in their homes and then across the pacific. george: that's right. the interviews in their homes came after we had gone on two trips to the pacific islands. we broke them up having to do with the limited access to he is anam a, even though it iconic battlefield of world war ii and the flag raising their. the symbol of victory in the and proud moment for the u.s. marine corps. put the trips -- make them into one, they would
be too long away from home. we had to work that one day the japanese allowed the marine corps to come back and honor their dead and so on. so, there were two long trips and i could see things opening willingnessof their memories, ieir guess is the best way to put it. special,the television when that comes about, is going to be called "a journey of remembrance." the project is called "in their own words." exactly how to say it, but when i pre-interviewed
them for authorization to make this trip, i got very little from them that this was going to open up. i had sought funding and received it for taking younger family members. if some cases, it was second wives, grandkids and sons. so, there wasn't a lot accomplished here. we went over to the battlefields and there was some reluctance there. but there was conversation happened. then, as we went to meet the particularlyople okinawa, they realized they had had a real stake in the fight.
they weren't just fighting for the american government, but for indigenous people. and they were an indigenous people. host: in the case of teddy draper, you took him to the battlefields. who was he and why was that so important? george: teddy draper was on the baci that took not sarah -- if you look at photos of the flag lying up there with the whole group, there are at least two dozen. left with ag bottom rifle in his hand. he is a part of that team. what happened on the way up, the rest of his squad was wiped out. , teddy went on the first trip. second trip, the key was iwo jima, he would not go on that trip. his family felt even though he
didn't go to his key battlefield at the trip had been positive. host: and when teddy draper was telling you his story, you were thinking what? thinking the glorification of war and it was just the opposite. in hisnd teddy draper own words. mr. draper: october 21, 2006. this is one of three, said right? mr. draper: yes. george: we're on the land of teddy draper senior and family. i know how important this location is to you and your family. when i